Monday, July 2, 2012

Homemade Cleaning Wipes Review

As most of you know, I love pinterest. It has SO many great ideas on everything from crafts, parenting, home decor, DIY projects, recipes, etc. It is a fantastic resource! One of the things I had pinned that I wanted to try was homemade cleaning wipes. I go through clorox wipes super fast, but they are super expensive. A homemade approach seemed try-worthy! I got my recipe from here (kinda cool that I even had the exact containers from IKEA that she used!). 

Here are all of the supplies, ready to be used:

Really simple: cut a roll of paper towels in half, add the wet ingredients to the container, mix, add paper towels. Voila:

I let the container sit upside down for about 10 minutes to make sure all the towels got nice and soaked.  They are very wet, so I have to wring them out before using unless I want to go back over it with another paper towel, defeating the purpose of trying to save money. 

Next time I am definitely going to add some kind of disinfectant, because there is just something about knowing everything is nice and cloroxed when you use the clorox wipes. I also really liked the smell of mine, because I used the "Spicy Odor-Be-Gone" essential oil from the local lady I buy candles from (Lighthouse Candle Factory). It had a more home-y smell than the normal clean smell of the clorox wipes (not that I mind that smell either). Another idea I found online was to use old t-shirts cut into wipe size that can be washed and re-used, furthering the money saved. 

So all in all, a good experiment. I can definitely use them in a pinch and maybe I can even get used to using them regularly with a little tweaking to the recipe. 

Just for an added bonus, a video of the kids! This is completely unrelated to the cleaning wipes review, but I couldn't resist adding this in just for kicks. We have been working with Eden on not grabbing her stuff back when Harry takes it from her, and this is proof that maybe it is sinking in a bit. She very calmly hands him his own juice while taking hers back. Not bad for a two-year-old. :) 



  1. Hmmm. I might have to try this. Does the paper towel brand make a difference? I know some are stronger than others. I typically get mine at Aldi. Would they hold together well enough when soaked, do you think?

    1. You know, I'm not sure. I used Bounty (just because that is what I had) and they are pretty flimsy when soaked in the solution. You could always try it out once and see if you liked it. If you use more than one at a time it works a little better too. I really think making these out of tshirts is going to be the most cost effective plan though.

  2. Viva brand paper towels hold up really well when wet and I bet they'd be fabulous for this! Also, tea tree oil and vinegar are disinfectants, so you could add either one in to disinfect. (I didn't look at the recipe yet to see if it already contains those.)

    1. I used vinegar, so I should be good to go! Thanks! And I think you are right about Viva, they would probably hold up really well.

  3. that is the cutest video ever!! eden is so sweet even though you can tell it's a little hard for her. :O)